Out on parole, an ex-Punjab police cop attempted murder outside the local court complex on Monday. Kuldeep Singh alias Keepa, 40, a resident of Kotli Sajjebad village, was arrested with a country-made pistol and six cartridges, when he was about to shoot Dr Gurbinder Singh Samra, a resident of Kartarpur. Samra has been in jail in a case of cheating.
Constable Gurdeep Singh, who had accompanied Samra from Nabha jail, said the incident took place at around 12: 45 pm.
"Suddenly, I observed Keepa training his gun on Samra to shoot him. Before he could do so, I took out my service revolver. This scared Keepa and he could not shoot. Eventually, we nabbed him."
During interrogation, Keepa has said that he and Samra had developed enmity over some issues in Patiala jail, when both were inmates there.
Assistant commissioner of police (ACP), central, Naresh Dogra, said that Keepa was out on parole in a 2005 case of abduction from Amritsar. His parole period had ended on Monday.
During interrogation, he has said that he had purchased the revolver from Uttar Pradesh for Rs 35,000. Keepa said that he had pressed the trigger of his revolver twice, but it not fire.